Finally, the time has come when Indians will come together and cheer for their football team at an international tournament. Ahead of India’s much-anticipated FIFA U-17 World Cup clash against USA on Friday which is to be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, several star celebrities took to social media to send their warm wishes to Indian youngsters.

It’s the first time ever in Indian history that the subcontinent is hosting or participating in a football World Cup. The enthusiasm among football fans in India is unprecedented and it can be assumed by speedy stadium sell-outs.

From cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, Indian under-17 football team received a flurry of warm wishes from many prominent personalities of the country.

Akshay Kumar shared a morale boosting video:
Sending my best wishes to Team India! We are all rooting for you, make us proud ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป @IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC

Beautiful Dia Mirza sent her best wishes to the Indian football team:
All the best to @IndianFootball team for #FIFAU17WC .most popular sport of the world football WC in India.We r becoming a sporting nation

Filmmaker Shoojit Sicar, who calls himself footballer first, wrote:
Biggest honor for Indian Football from 6th oct onwards as we host World Cup U17.. common INDIA #FIFAU17WC

Legendary Sachin Tendulkar recorded a heart-melting video message:
My best wishes to the @IndianFootball U-17 team for the World Cup! Enjoy your game & chase your dreams because dreams do come true!

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli also shared an encouraging video:
Good Luck boys, make us proud! ๐Ÿ‘ #BackTheBlue #FifaU17WC @indianfootball

Cricket captain of Indian eves, Mithali Raj wrote:
Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships- my best wishes to team #India for the U-17 #FIFA World Cup

Former explosive Indian batsman Virender Sehwag tweeted:
Best wishes to @IndianFootball for organising & participating in #FIFAU17WC for the first time. May u give your best on & off-field

Popular cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle posted a video message:
Best wishes to our young men playing in the #FIFAU17WC and hope it is a great tournament

Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt wished the Indian team:
All the best to @IndianFootball team for #FIFAU17WC .most popular sport of the world football WC in India.We r becoming a sporting nation

Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia posted a cute video:
Finally, the World Cup is here. Good luck boys!

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind wrote:
Happy India is hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup beginning today. Good luck to all the teams, with an extra slice for our boys! #PresidentKovind

Yuva Sena and Mumbai District Football Association president Aaditya Thackeray said:
More so, to our @IndianFootball lads who will shine for the U17 team and the nation for years to come! Best of luck India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his best wishes on Twitter:
A warm welcome and best wishes to all teams taking part in the @FIFAcom. I am sure #FIFAU17WC will be a treat for football lovers.

Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also sent his wishes to pump-up the Indian team:
All the best for today, @IndianFootball! The country is with you, all the way! The way you play will inspire a billion hearts! #BackTheBlue

First Published | 6 October 2017 2:20 PM
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